Rolling Stone has confirmed that Trent Reznor is once again working on new Nine Inch Nails material, and live performances may very well be involved.
NIN's 20th anniversary farewell tour concluded in 2009 with a stellar show at L.A.'s Wiltern Theatre (which I slept outside to be in the pit for). "I've been thinking for some time now it's time to make NIN disappear for a while," he said at the time. "After some thought, we decided to book a last run of shows across the globe this year." There was no ultimate finality in the statement, but fans knew they'd be waving goodbye to a cornerstone of millennial-transition industrial rock for quite some time.
Reznor's been active since NIN of course, with How to Destroy Angels, video game music writing and winning an Oscar writing scores for The Social Network and The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo with composer Atticus Ross. But truly, fans have been dying to hear new Nails.
"All signs point to yes," Reznor said when asked by RS. "Yeah, there will be new music. There are some things in the works."
As for performing with NIN again? "Yeah, if it feels right, it's a possibility," he says. "I never said that that wasn't going to happen, just that it couldn't go on as it was. Having a few years doing other things, I've enjoyed [them] and I'm enjoying doing How to Destroy Angels, and there will be a place for stuff that falls in the Nine Inch Nails column of things. It's a different kind of work.
"Stay tuned," he adds. "We'll see what happens here."